Full text of "Aladdin"
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^LADDIN was the son of Mustapha, a very poor tailo*
in one of the rich provinces of China. When the boy
was old enough to learn a trade, his father took him
into his own work-shop ; but Aladdin, having been brought up
in a very careless manner, loved play more than work, neg-
lecting his business, and frequenting the company of all sorts
of idle boys and vagabonds. His father dying while he was
yet very young, he spent his whole time in the streets, and
his poor mother was obliged to spin cotton night and day to
procure a sufficiency of the coarsest fare for their support.
She did this the more willingly as she loved him dearly, and
always promised herself that, as her son grew older, he would
be ashamed of his idleness, and become a worthy and indus-
One day as Aladdin was playing as usual amidst a who^e
troop of boys, a stranger passing by stood still to observe hi m.
This stranger was a famous African magician, who having need
of the assistance of some ignorant person, no sooner beheld
Aladdin than he knew, by his whole air, manners, and appear-
ance, that he was an idle good-for-nothing boy, and very fit
to be made a tool of. The magician then artfully inquired of
some persons standing near, the name and character of Aladdin,
and their answers confirmed the opinion he had already formed
of his bad habits.
The stranger, now pressing in among the crowd of boys,
clapped his hand on Aladdin's shoulder, and said, u My good
lad, art thou not the son of Mustapha, the tailor?"
" Yes, Sir,"
" but my fa-
ther has been
dead this long
" Alas ! M
'' what afflict-
ing tidings !
[ am thy
ther, my child,
and have been
for many years
travelling into foreign countries; and now, that I expected to
be happy with my brother at home, I find him dead."
The poor old woman burst into tears, as she related her
tale to the magician, and he turning to Aladdin, said, " This
is a sad account, nephew, but it is never too late to mend.
You must think of getting your own living, and I will assist
you to the very utmost of my power.
The next morning early the magician came for Aladdin,
and carried him to a great warehouse where all sorts of clothes
suitable for all ranks, were sold ready made. Aladdin was
presently equipped in a neat suit, for which he paid liberally.
He then led the boy through the principal streets of the city,
pointing out to him the finest shops, and many rarities, till they
came to the extremity of the town. As it was a fine day, the
magician proposed that they should continue their walk, and
they passed through the public gardens, Aladdin becoming
more and more delighted every instant with the fine things he
saw, and the conversation of his uncle, who at length invited
him to sit down beside a beautiful fountain, and regale himself
with some cakes and fruit he had purposely brought with him.
Aladdin having feasted heartily on these dainties, they rose
up and pursued their walk, crossing innumerable fine gardens
and fine meadows, the magician all the while telling a number
of diverting stories, till they arrived at the entrance of a nar-
row valley bounded on each side by lofty and barren mountains
Suddenly the magician stood still, and in a rough tone of voice
perfectly unlike his former mode of speaking, commanded
Aladdin to gather together some sticks for a fire. Aladdin
obeyed, trembling, and when he had collected a large heap,
the magician set them on fire. Presently the blaze rose high,
and the magician threw a powder into the fire, and pronounced
some mystical words, which Aladdin did not understand. In-
stantly they were surrounded by a thick smoke ; the earth
shook beneath their feet ; the mountain burst asunder, and
discovered a broad flat stone, with a large brass ring fixed in
the middle of it. " Know, Aladdin, that under this stone lies
hid a treasure that will make you richer than the greatest
monarch on the earth, and of which I alone know how to make
you master." On hearing this, Aladdin promised to do what-
ever he was desired.
" Come then,"
said the ma-
gician, " take
hold of that
brass ring, and
lift up the
stone was pul-
led up, there
cave in the
earth, and a
of steps. " Come, child," said the magician, " you must im-
mediately descend into that cavern. At the bottom of these
steps you will find a door standing open, and this leads to a
long vaulted place which is divided into three large halls,
filled with gold and silver. After entering at this door, you
must pass through these halls quickly, without touching any
thing you see there, and, remember, your disobedience will be
punished by instant death. When you arrive at the end o*
the third hall, you will find a very fine garden, planted with
trees bearing the moat beautiful and delicate fruits, which
must cross by a path that will bring you to a magnificent
race, where you will perceive a lamp burning in a niche.
Take the lamp down, and put out the light, and bring it to me.
Tf you feel a desire for any of the fruit of the garden, you may
gather as much as you please."
After having said this, the magician drew a ring off his
finger, and putting it on Aladdin's, informed him that it was
a preservative against all evil, if he faithfully obeyed his direc-
tions. Aladdin immediately jumped into the cave ; he then
crossed the garden without stopping, and taking down the
lamp from the
niche, threw out
the wick and
the liquor, and,
as the magician
had desired him
put the lamp
into his bosom.
As he came
down from the
terrace, he was
sed to observe
the branches of
ihe trees were
loaded as he thought, with beautiful pieces of glass of all
colours, that dazzled his eves with their lustre ; and though
he would rather have found peaches, figs, and grapes, yet these
pieces of coloured glass were so very pretty, that he could not
help filling his pockets, and two purses his uncle had given
him with them. The magician was expecting him at the mouth
of the cave with extreme impatience. " Pray, uncle," said
Aladdin, when he came to the stairs, "give me your hand to
assist me in getting out."
" Yes, yes ; but give me the lamp first, it will be trouble-
some to you," said the magician.
" T cannot, dear uncle, till I am out of this place," replied
" Wretch !" roared the magician in a fury, " deliver it this
"No, I will not," said Aladdin, " till you have helped me
out of the cave."
The magician's eyes flashed fire : " Villian, thou shalt re-
pent thy obstinacy!" he exclaimed, stretching out his arm to
strike Aladdin, when some powder he still held in his hand
dropped into the fire. The rock shook with thunder, the great
stone moved into its place, and Aladdin remained buried alive in
this cavern of treasure. In vain he cried and wrung his hands ;
his cries could not be heard ; the doors of the halls were closed
by the same enchantment that had closed the rock, and he was
left to perish in total darkness.
Aladdin remained in this state two days without tasting
food, and on the third day he looked on death as inevitable.
Clasping his hands with agony, to think of his own destruction
and his mother's sorrow, he chanced to press the ring the magi-
cian had put on his finger; immediately an enormous genie rose
out of the earth,
and said "What
have with me ?
I am ready to
obey thy com-
mands — I, and
the other slaves
of that ring."
bling with fear,
said, "Deliv( r
me, I beseech
thee, from this
place, if thou
art able." He had no sooner .spoke than the earth opened,
and he found himself on the very spot where he had been
brought by the magician ; and then hastened home.
When Aladdin had recovered, and had been embraced a
thousand times by his mother, he began to relate to her all
that had befallen him. " Ah, my son," she cried, " I see
clearly now that that man was no brother of thy father's. He
was a wicked enchanter, who meant to make you useful to
him in some bad purpose or other. Beware of him.
Aladdin promised to take his mother's good advice, and en-
treated her to bring him same food, as he was almost starved.
Alas ! the poor old woman had neither food nor money in the
house. "Mother/' said Aladdin, do not mind it. Pray, dry
your tears, and reach me the lamp I put on the shelf just now,
and I will go and sell it." The old woman took down the
lamp, and, thinking it would sell better if it were cleaner, she
began to rub it with sand. Instantly a hideous genie stood
before her, and said in a voice like thunder, " What wouldst
thou have ? I am ready to obey thy commands — I and all
the other slaves of that lamp."
Aladdin, having seen the former genie, was less frightened
than his mother, who fainted away, while he said boldly, " I
am hungry, bring me something to eat." The genie disap-
peared, and presently returned with twelve large plates of
silver full of the most savoury meats, six white loaves, two
bottles of wine, and two silver drinking cups. Having placed
them all in order on a table, he vanished.
One day, while Aladdin was walking through the city, he
heard a proclamation, commanding all the people to retire in-
to their houses, as the beautiful princess Balroudour, whom no
one must look
upon, was com-
ing to the pub-
lic baths. Now,
it happened that
in these baths
there was a very
large hall which
was the en-
trance ; and as
soon as the prin-
cess passed the
gate, she pulled
off her veil,
thinking she wa?
only surrounded by her own slaves. There was a crevice in
the door, behind which Aladdin had hid himself, so that ho
could see the princess; and her uncommon beauty made so
deep an impression on him, that he thought of nothing else.
and neglected his employment and his meals. At length, un-
able to conceal his love any longer, "Mother," said he, "I
love the Princess Balroudour to distraction, and you must de-
mand her for me in marriage of the sultan."
Since I have frequented the shops of the jewellers, I have
learned to know the value of those things 1 used to call pieces
of glass ; it is with those things that I intend to purchase the
good-will of the sultan/'
Aladdin then sent her to borrow a large china dish, which
he filled with the finest jewels from his heap, and after tying
it up carefully in two napkins, the poor old woman set out for
the sultan's palace with a heavy heart, fearing she should be
punished for her presumption. She instantly fell on her
knees, and be-
sought the sul-
her to speak on
and fear nothing.
She then related
the story of her
son's falling in
love with the
the advice she
had given him,
words, to entreat the sultan's forgiveness, who only smiled,
and asked what was tied up in her napkin. She presented
the dish to the vizier, who handed it over to the sultan.
When the dish was uncovered, he actually started with sur-
prise, for he had never before seen jewels of such size and
lustre. " Your son," said he, " can be no ordinary person,
if he affords to make such presents as these." The vizier
now approached, and whispered something to the sultan, who
nodded, and then turning to Aladdin's mother, said, " Go,
and tell your son that he shall have the Princess Balroudour
in marriage, as soon as he sends me forty basins of massy gold,
filled with such jewels as these, carried by forty black slaves,
who shall be led by forty white slaves, all magnificently clothed.
Go, hasten home, and declare my will to your son."
Aladdin rubbed the lamp, and the genie stood before him,
whom he commanded to bring the jewels, with the black and
white slaves as the sultan had required. Aladdin, at length,
obtained the consent of the sultan, and when he went to ask
the hand of the princess, he rode in full pomp, with a long
train of slaves,
genie's help, in
building a mag-
which was fur-
nished in the
and women ser-
vants, cellais of wine, fruit ga±dens, and every luxury, far
excelling the grandeur of the sultan.
The marriage was celebrated with great splendour, and
Aladdin's name spread through the land. The magician soon
heard of Aladdin's fame, and sought to obtain possession of the
lamp, while he was out on an hunting excursion, which he
got in exchange for a new one, by representing himself as a
dealer ; and when he got possession of the lamp, he instantly
commanded the genie to transport him, the palace, and the
princess, to the remotest corner of Africa.
The confusion of the sultan was indescribable, when he
found the palace vanished, and his daughter lost. He threat-
ened to take away the life of Aladdin, unless the princess was
restored to him within forty days.
Aladdin left the sultan in distress, and on his road he stoop-
ed to wash his eyes at a brook, when he slipped his foot, and
catching hold of a piece of rock, he pressed the ring which he
wore on his finger, that the magician had given him, and the
genie appeared, saying, " What wouldst thou have?" "I
command thee to transport me to the place where my palace
has been removed to." Instantly, Aladdin found himself in
his own palace, and in the arms of his princess,
A plan was soon concerted in order to get possession of
the lamp. The princess invited the magician to supper, ex-
changed her cup of wine which contained a sleeping powder,
with his, which he drank, and then fell senseless on the floor,
Aladdin snatched the lamp, put it into his bosom, and threw
the traitor into an adjoining meadow.
Aladdin summoned the genie of the lamp, ordered his pal-
ace to be immediately transported to its original station, and
soon all sorrow was turned into joy, the city was illuminated,
and the sultan and all the people greatly rejoiced.
When the magician awakened, and found what had been
done, he made another attempt to secure the lamp. He went
to the cell of a holy woman named Fatima, and slew her,
dressed himself in her clothes, and obtained an entrance into
the palace in her name. The pretended Fatima was kindly
entertained by the princess, and while going through the
palace, suggested, that a roc's egg should be hung up in the
hall. Aladdin summoned the genie of the lamp, requested
that a roc's egg should at once be hung up. " What !" said
the genie, "after all that has been done to serve thee, dost
thou wish me to hang up my master. Had this been thy con-
trivance, I would have reduced thy palace to a heap of ruins,
but the magician is now under thy roof, go, punish his crimes. "
Aladdin feigned sick, Fatima was sent for, and as she ap-
proached the couch on which he lay, Aladdin seized a dagger,
and plunged it into her heart, when he at once discovered in
the garb of Fatima, — the traitor magician.
In a short time after this, the sultan died without a son, and
Aladdin and the Princess Balroudour ascended the throne,
where they reigned together many years, and left behind them
a numerous, virtuous, and illustrious progeny.
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